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Do Breast Density Laws Improve Public Knowledge?

It is essential that women and their physicians understand how breast density affects breast cancer risk and screening. As of December 2014, 18 states had passed breast density laws to help improve public knowledge surrounding breast density by requiring radiologists to inform patients when mammography reveals dense breast tissue.

Despite these developments, several recent surveys suggest that neither patients nor physicians fully understand the relationship between dense breast tissue, breast cancer risk, and breast cancer screening.

Patient Knowledge Regarding Breast Density

Public awareness campaigns to promote mammography screening have been effective and a significant reason breast cancer mortality has fallen over the past several years. In a survey conducted by the Working Mother […]

By | January 26, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening, Breast Conditions|Tags: |0 Comments

Informing Women About the Benefits of a Mammogram Exam

Despite large-scale campaigns to publicize the importance of breast cancer screening, a lot of faulty information regarding the mammogram exam is still being delivered to patients and sometimes interpreted as fact.

To gauge where gaps in knowledge about breast cancer screening are most commonly occurring, the Working Mother Research Institute recently surveyed more than 2,500 women aged 35 and older to see what they know. While the results contain good news, there are areas where physicians can better educate their patients.

Most Women Have Been Screened

Fortunately, many women are well aware of the importance of screening. A majority of women (80 percent) surveyed for the ‘Working Mother […]

By | January 12, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|Tags: , |0 Comments

Researchers Investigate 3D Mammography Cost-Effectiveness

Early research has shown that 3D mammography can improve breast cancer detection rates and reduce false-positive rates. In women with dense breast tissue, which can mask cancers on conventional mammography, 3D mammography is emerging as a valuable supplemental screening tool.

Is 3D Mammography Cost Effective?

Recent research published in Radiology concluded that 3D mammography is a cost-effective way to screen for cancer in women with dense breast tissue. Using data collected from the National Cancer Institute and Medicare, researchers from the University of Washington and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance attempted to calculate the cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) added when 3D mammography was performed in […]

By | December 29, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

In early 2013, the state of California required medical imaging centers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, as revealed in a screening mammogram. Since then, many of our patients have asked me what is dense breast tissue?
Orange County Breast Center | Dr. June Chen
To help women better understand breast density, I recently participated in a question and answer format for an Asian-American media outlet. Please find a summary of the exchange below. What breast imaging topics would you like me to discuss in my next blog post?

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

“Dense breasts are not uncommon. Breasts are composed of fibroglandular […]

By | August 26, 2014|Categories: Breast Conditions|Tags: , |1 Comment

New Hope, New Challenges for OC Women

Since Angelina Jolie shared her story with the world there has been much discussion about breast cancer and measures to prevent or early detect breast cancer. Sometimes it takes someone who is in the public eye to bring important medical issues to light. Although the Angelina story has proven to be very effective in making the public aware that surgery can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have inherited the breast cancer gene, in reality, only a small percent of women carry this mutation.

In April 2013 a new California law (SB-1358) went into effect that impacted risk assessment efforts in approximately half of all women receiving mammograms in Orange […]

By | April 7, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (Temecula Valley)

Breastlink Temecula Valley to Offer Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound Imaging

First medical center in Northern San Diego County and the Temecula Valley to offer New Breast Cancer Screening Technique.

Whole Breast Ultrasound | Temecula ValleyMURRIETA, Calif., July 1, 2013 – Breastlink of Temecula Valley, a facility operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of RadNet, Inc., a network of outpatient imaging and comprehensive cancer treatment centers, announced it is the first medical center to offer automated whole breast ultrasound screening in Northern San Diego County and the Temecula Valley. Patients with an elevated risk of breast cancer, including women with dense breasts, […]

By | July 1, 2013|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening, Press Releases|Tags: , |0 Comments

What are Dense Breasts?

What are dense breasts? Women are increasingly asking this question as the topic of breast density receives attention from the media, state legislatures and Congress.

On April 1, 2013 California became the fifth state to require imaging centers to notify women if they have dense breast tissue (as revealed in a screening mammogram). Approximately 50 percent of women who get a screening mammogram now receive a mammography report indicating they have dense breast tissue. Mammography reports for patients with dense breast tissue will also relay that it may be more difficult to detect potentially cancerous lesions in their screening mammogram.

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By | June 5, 2013|Categories: Breast Conditions|Tags: |0 Comments

Breast Density Cancer Risk Talk at Del Webb-Sun City

Breastlink Rancho Mirage Breast Density Cancer Risk Talk at Del Webb – Sun City

Janet Ihde, M.D., David Conston, M.D., Ali Esmaili, M.D. to Discuss the New California Breast Density Notification Law.

PALM DESERT, Calif. and RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., April 29, 2013 – Breastlink of Rancho Mirage, a comprehensive breast health center operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of RadNet, Inc., which manages a network of outpatient imaging and comprehensive cancer treatment centers, announced it will provide a free, public seminar about the new California breast density notification law at Del Webb – Sun City on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 pm. The event, which will talk about a woman’s breast density cancer […]

By | April 29, 2013|Categories: Breast Cancer Risks, Breast Conditions, Press Releases|Tags: |0 Comments

Coachella Valley Breast Density Talk

Gilda’s Club Desert Cities to Host Coachella Valley Breast Density Talk

Janet Ihde, M.D., David Conston, M.D. and Ali Esmaili, M.D. to Discuss the New California Breast Density Notification Law

breast density and cancer riskCATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. and RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., April 11, 2013 – Gilda’s Club Desert Cities, a non-profit cancer support and education organization serving the Coachella Valley, announced it will host a free, public seminar on breast density on April 30, 2013, presented by four doctors from Breastlink of Rancho Mirage, a comprehensive breast health center.

A new California breast density notification law took effect on April 1 requiring […]

By | April 11, 2013|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: |0 Comments

Breast Density Law | Orange County

California Breast Density Law to Affect Orange County Women

  • Approximately 50 Percent of women to start receiving notification they have dense breast tissue after a screening mammogram.
  • Breastlink at the Breast Care and Imaging Center of Orange County (Breastlink of Orange) to launch educational awareness campaign to help women understand how breast density affects their personal level of risk to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breastlink of Orange recently acquired Orange County’s first somo•v automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to improve early breast cancer detections.

Breast Density LawORANGE, Calif., April 3, 2013 – Breastlink at the Breast Care and Imaging Center of Orange County (Breastlink […]

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